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File to Win!100 will win, but thousands can benefit from filing early

NOTE: The 1/1/14 deadline to be considered for a File to Win Book Award has passed. The drawing to select award recipients will be held by 2/15/14. Award recipients will be notified on their 2014-15 financial aid award letter and will see the award listed on STARS under 2014-15 Financial Aid Awards.

Undergraduate students who file their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on January 1, 2014 will be entered to win a $200 WIU Book Award for the Fall 2014 semester.

A total of 100 book awards will be given using random selection of all FAFSA applications received and dated by the Federal Processor on 01/01/2014. Winners will be notified at their WIU email account and awards will be listed on their 2014-15 Financial Aid Award Letter on STARS.

To receive their book award, winners must be eligible for federal student aid and enroll in at least six credit hours of coursework at WIU during the Fall 2014 semester.

Why File Early?

Many programs, including the Illinois MAP Grant, have limited funding, so early application is necessary - file online at

How Do I File Early?

Estimate! To file early, families may estimate their 2013 income information and then make corrections once 2013 federal taxes are filed. Using end-of-year pay stubs, W-2 forms, or the previous year's tax return can be helpful when estimating tax information.

If this is your (or your parent's) first time filing a FAFSA, you can visit to obtain your four-digit PIN numbers ahead of time. Your PIN numbers act as your electronic signature when submitting the FAFSA application - by getting your PIN numbers early, you can ensure there will not be a delay in the Federal Processor's receipt of your FAFSA submission.